Indian Badminton League

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Indian Badminton League
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Current sports event 2014 Indian Badminton League
IBL New Logo .svg
Sport Badminton
Administrator Badminton Association of India
Inaugural season 2013
No. of teams 6
Country India
Tournament format Double round-robin and knock-out
Official website Official website
Official Facebook Page
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Official YouTube Channel

Indian Badminton League is a franchise league created, managed and owned by commercial partners Sporty Solutionz Private Limited. With the brand value of US$1 million, Indian Badminton League is the richest badminton league in the world[1] The inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League is held in India from 14 August 2013 to 31 August 2013.[2][3] The players' auction for the first IBL (2013 Indian Badminton League) was held in Delhi on 22 July 2013. The league has 6 franchises representing the Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, and Lucknow and the matches were played in two legs, home and away.[4]

The league kicked off at Delhi with a gala ceremony on 14 August 2013. The Finals were played at Mumbai on 31 August 2013. Semi-finals were held at Hyderabad 28 Aug 2013 and Bangalore on 29 Aug 2013.[5]Hyderabad Hotshots won the inaugural IBL title at Mumbai on 31 August 2013.[6]

IBL auctions[edit]

The first season auctions were scheduled on 30 June 2013 which were postponed to 19 July 2013 and again postponed to 22 July 2013.[7] The 2013 auctions were held in Delhi [8] and were conducted by International Auctioneer Bob Hayton. The highest paid players were the Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, sold for $135,000 to Mumbai Masters and Indian Saina Nehwal who went to Hyderabad for $120,000. The auction itself was not short of controversy. The base price of Indian marquee players, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were halved from USD 50,000 to USD 25,000, without the players' notice.[9] The rules dictated that each team will have not less than 10 players and not more than 11, including a junior player and four foreign players. At least four players (three men and a woman) must be nominated for a match. The ceiling on foreign players in a contest is three while no individual plays over two matches.[10] Chinese players did not take part in the inaugural Indian Badminton League because clash with their national games.[11]

IBL Format[edit]

IBL is based on the Sudirman Cup format. But IBL’s major difference would be an additional men’s singles match instead of the women’s doubles. So a typical face-off would have two men’s, one women’s singles, one men’s doubles, and one mixed doubles matches played back-to-back. The entire engagement is expected to last about three hours.In the group stage, all five matches in a contest must be completed, even if a team wins the first three. In the knockout phase, the team winning the first three advances to the next stage and need not play the remaining two. In a round-robin format, each team plays the other in a league spread across six cities.[10]


First Season[edit]

Indian badminton league started in 2013. The first season was scheduled from 14 August 2013 to 31 August 2013. Hyderabad Hotshots beat Awadhe Warriors in the final by three games to one at Mumbai's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium. In round robin 15 matches were scheduled across six Indian cities, viz. Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. Cities of Delhi, Lucknow, and Pune were host for three matches each while Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad were host for two matches each in the group stage. First semi-final was played at Hyderabad's Gachibowli Indoor Stadium while the second was played at Bangalore's Kanteerava Indoor Stadium. The final was scheduled at Mumbai at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium.

Second Season[edit]

2014 will bring the second season of Indian Badminton League (IBL). The number of players per franchise have been increased from 11 to 13 but the number of teams will remain the same. This season will be played on all the six venues of the first season. The schedule of matches have been postponed from September-October 2014 to January-February 2015.[12]


2013 Players Auction[edit]

Hyderabad Hotshots (Champions Of IBL 2013)
Country Player Salary
 India Saina Nehwal $120,000
 Indonesia Taufik Hidayat $15,000
 India Ajay Jayaram $25,000
 Malaysia Goh V Shem $10,000
 India Tarun Kona $28,000
 India Pradnya Gadre $46,000
 Malaysia Lim Khim Wah $10,000
 Thailand Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk $15,000
 India Kanthi Visalakshi P $3,000
 India Shubhankar Dey $3,000
 India Rahul C Yadav $1,000
Banga Beats
Country Player Salary
 India P. Kashyap $75,000
 Hong Kong Hu Yun $50,000
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-Ying $25,000
 Spain Carolina Marin $10,000
 Denmark Carsten Mogensen $50,000
 India Akshay Dewalkar $36,000
 India Aparna Balan $12,000
 India Aditya Prakash $5,000
 India Arvind Bhat $7,500
 India J. Meghana $4,000
Delhi Smashers
Country Player Salary
 India Jwala Gutta $31,000
 Malaysia Liew Daren $20,000
 India H. S. Prannoy $16,000
 India Sai Praneeth B. $40,000
 India Arundhati Pantawane $15,000
 Malaysia Tan Boon Heong $50,000
 Malaysia Koo Kien Keat $50,000
 India V. Diju $30,000
 Thailand Nichaon Jindapon $15,000
 India Prajakta Sawant $7,000
Mumbai Marathas
Country Player Salary
 Malaysia Lee Chong Wei $135,000
 Germany Marc Zwiebler $15,000
 Denmark Tine Baun $30,000
 India Pranav Chopra $36,000
 India Manu Attri $10,000
 India N. Siki Reddy $11,000
 India P. C. Thulasi $10,000
 Russia Vladimir Ivanov $15,000
 India Rasika Raje $3,000
 India B. Sumeeth Reddy $7,500
Pune Pistons
Country Player Salary
 India Ashwini Ponnappa $25,000
 Vietnam Nguyen Tien Minh $44,000
 India Saurabh Verma $20,000
 India Anup Sridhar $6,000
 Germany Juliane Schenk $90,000
 Denmark Joachiam Fischer Nielsen $35,000
 India Sanave Thomas $5,000
 India Arun Vishnu $26,000
 Malaysia Tan Wee Kiong $15,000
 India Rupesh K $5,000
Awadhe Warriors
Country Player Salary
 India P. V. Sindhu $80,000
 Malaysia Chong Wei Feng $25,000
 India Gurusai Dutt $40,000
 India Srikanth Kidambi $34,000
 Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai $15,000
 India Ruthvika Shivani $3000
 Indonesia Markis Kido $15,500
 Denmark Mathias Boe $50,000
 India K. Maneesha $26,000
 India Nanda Gopal $10,000


There were six franchises with each team having 12 players including four foreign players. They are:[13]

Team name City Owner(s) Captain Head coach Home ground ref
Current Teams
Hyderabad HotShots Hyderabad PVP Ventures India Saina Nehwal India Rajendra Kumar Gachibowli Indoor Stadium [14]
Banga Beats Bangalore BOP Group India Parupalli Kashyap India Vimal Kumar Kanteerava Indoor Stadium [15]
Awadhe Warriors Lucknow Sahara India P. V. Sindhu Malaysia Muhammad Hafiz Hashim Babu Banarasi Das U.P. Badminton Academy [16]
Mumbai Marathas Mumbai Sunil Gavaskar, Akkineni Nagarjuna and V. Chamundeswaranath Malaysia Lee Chong Wei India Aparna Popat Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, NSCI [17]
Pune Pistons Pune Dabur India Limited India Ashwini Ponnappa India Nikhil Kanetkar Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Badminton Hall [18]
Delhi Smashers Delhi Krrish Group India Jwala Gutta Malaysia Rashid Sidek DDA Badminton and Squash Stadium [19]

Broadcast rights[edit]

STAR Sports India purchased the Indian broadcasting rights for the fortnight-long tournament.[20]

Winning bidder Regional broadcast rights Terms of deal
STAR Sports  India
Fox Sports  Hong Kong

See also[edit]


  1. ^
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  3. ^ "Indian Badminton League Schedule". Official site.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ Indian Badminton League to launch in Feb 2013: BAI
  5. ^ Indian Badminton League Schedule
  6. ^ Indian Badminton League 2013: Hyderabad Hotshots win IBL title
  7. ^ Indian Badminton League players 'auction postponed again, this time on owners' request
  9. ^ "I am very disappointed. Me and Ashwini signed the contract as icon players and we should have been given a better deal. We were not even informed about the reduction of base price. In fact, the news that women's doubles was replaced by another men's singles, I came to know late. What can I say, it is disrespectful and I am deeply hurt and upset by IBL," Jwala said. Ashwini, who won the World Championship bronze along with Jwala in London in 2011, was equally hurt at this last minute decision by the IBL. "I didn't get a call regarding this. No one explained things to me. I am really hurt and deeply upset. Until the auction got over I didn't even know about it," Ashwini said.
  10. ^ a b Sudirman Cup-like format for IBL
  11. ^ China snubs Indian Badminton League
  12. ^ "Indian Badminton League to be postponed to early 2015". IANS. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Indian Badminton League Teams
  18. ^ Pune Pistons PUNE PISTONS
  20. ^ "Indian Badminton League: Dabur nets Pune, PVP bags Hyderabad franchise". Times of India. 

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